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In Belgium, the Communities are responsible for taking decisions on services for individuals, such as education. The Flemish Community is therefore responsible for education in the Dutch-speaking part of the country whilst the French Community is the competent authority for the French-speaking part of Belgium, and the German-speaking Community for education in German.
The Federation of Enterprises in Belgium has launched an English-language website for prospective students to Belgium. On this site you can find Belgium's top higher education programmes in English.
It elaborates on 5 reasons why you should study in Belgium:
1. The heart of Europe
Home to the European Commission and many hundreds of international companies and institutions, situated in one of the world's most densely populated and prosperous regions, a major logistics hub for the distribution of goods and services - Belgium is truly the heart of Europe. Moreover, its unique, global orientation makes Belgium a centre for international networking activity and offers a whole array of possibilities to young graduates and executive students.
2. High-quality education at an affordable price
Belgium's institutions of higher education are renowned worldwide and hold their own in the authoritative rankings compiled by the Financial Times and the Times Higher Education magazine. They have also developed an external quality assurance system in addition to regular self-assessments. Add their close ties with the business community, expert lecturers and modest tuition fees, and it's difficult to match Belgium's educational price-quality ratio anywhere else in the world.
3. Research at the core of the education system
Belgium has a strong research culture, and the synergy between the lecturers' teaching and research activities vastly enriches the students' learning experience. In addition, Belgium boasts world-class research institutes in fields ranging from biotechnology to aeronautics. And as one third of Belgium's PhD students come from abroad, the research community benefits from a vibrant exchange of perspectives, knowledge and ideas.
4. An open and multicultural society
Centuries of international trade, its amazing multilingualism and widespread use of English, and its location at the crossroads of the Germanic, Romance and Anglo-Saxon cultures have made Belgium the open, multicultural society it is today. All of these factors help generate huge educational benefits - including an open-minded perspective on the world and a unique advantage in the labour market.
5. A great place to live
Belgium is a comfortable, safe place to live, with an extremely high quality of life (including excellent food and drink) and a healthcare system that is among the best in the world. In addition to Brussels, the country is full of attractive and culturally rich cities like Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Liege and Namur. And from your base in Belgium, you can easily discover the rest of Europe as well: Paris, Amsterdam and London are all less than two hours by train from Brussels.
--> Important news for Chinese students wishing to study in Belgium
NEWS: For the academic year 2012-2013 foreign students in Belgium should have a bank guarantee of 604 €.
From the academic year 2007-2008 onwards all students from the P.R. China will have to obtain a certificate of academic screening issued by the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) of the German Embassy in Beijing before being allowed to enrol at any higher education institution, language course or other preparatory course in Belgium. The APS certificate is also required for obtaining a student visa to Belgium.
Please contact the APS centre in Beijing: >> CLICK HERE >>
Information from the Belgian Foreign Affairs Department >> Click here
Information from the European Commission (Education and Training) >> Click here
Information from the Belgian Federal Authorities >> Click here